When most people work with a contractor for their bathroom remodel, they tend to focus on elements such as the flooring, countertop or vanity and bathtub or shower. However, the element they most neglect is the toilet. There are a number of choices when it comes to the toilet during your bathroom remodel, and by looking into aspects such as size, height and function can help you to narrow down the right one for you.
Sizing Your Toilet
There are thousands of toilets out there, but size does matter, so some of them may be eliminated from your decision from the start. One of the dimensions you should know about when sizing a toilet is the rough-in distance. This is a measurement from the wall to the center of the toilet’s sewer drain. The standard size is 12 inches, but it is certainly possible to install toilets with other rough-in sizes, such as 10 or 14 inches.
The size of the bowl may also affect the toilet you choose. For instance, elongated toilet bowls are often preferred due to comfort issues, but round bowls are also available, and usually a better fit for a small bathroom. An elongated bowl measures out about 31 inches from the wall, and a round toilet has a maximum of 28 inches.
The height of a toilet is also important to consider, and the standard size is 14 inches, but several manufacturers have toilets that are taller than that. Taller toilets help to make the bathroom accessible to all, and they make sitting and standing easier.
Styling Your Toilet
There are also several styles available when it comes to toilets. A two-piece toilet is one such style, and it has a tank that attaches to the bowl. A one-piece toilet has a tank and bowl that are one connected as one, and though they may cost more, they are easy to clean. A wall-mounted toilet is also an option, and though they are more expensive, they are quite dramatic, too. Also, if you choose to install a wall-mounted toilet, you need to make sure the wall is strong enough to mount it on, and that there is space to house the tank.
Thinking About the Flush
Once you have thought about the size, style and shape of your toilet, you should think about the flush. The flush, of course, is the practical side of the toilet, and things have certainly changed over the past few years. Toilets installed before 1994 use 3.5 gallons of water with each flush. However, that year Congress passed a law that reduced the amount to 1.6 gallons of water per flush, but in some cases, these toilets didn’t work as well as they should. Fortunately, technology has made a positive impact, and many low-flow toilet brands have been greatly improved. However, you won’t know for sure if the toilet you choose has enough flow unless you work with your contractor to see your options and read reviews from other consumers.
For people who are interested in conserving more water and reducing their water bills, several manufacturers offer toilets with dual-flush technology. These toilets feature a flush mechanism, with a split plunger-style, that sits on the top of the tank. There are two buttons; one releases .08 gallons of water and the other releases 1.6 gallons of water.
Considering a Bidet?
If you have room in your bathroom, you might also be considering a bidet. Though these are not as popular in the United States as they are in Europe, Asia, and South America, they are becoming more popular and trendy all of the time. Installing a bidet is similar to installing a toilet, and the addition of them in the bathroom may help with resale and add more value to your home. They take up about as much room as a toilet but serve an entirely different function.
There are also a number of add-ons that you might want to consider for your toilet. For example, if you like the idea of a bidet, but don’t necessarily have the room or budget for one, there are toilet seats that perform a bidet function. There are also soft-closing toilet seats, which ensure the seat is closed following each use. If you are looking for a bit of a luxury in the bathroom, a heated toilet seat is also a nice feature that can be added to make the room a bit nicer without breaking your budget.
As you can see, there is a lot that goes into choosing a toilet during your bathroom remodel. To make sure that you are finding the right toilet for your family, it is best to talk to a professional. They can tell you more about which toilets may be right for your family, your bathroom and your budget.